Hey there Queens! My name is Andreona, and I reside in Mississippi. I am a full time student, devoted mother, and wife. I have a strong PASSION for natural hair, reading novels, and poetry.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned for 11 months. My journey started off smooth sailing and then became a little rocky.
I was obsessed with watching natural hair journey videos on YouTube, and my mind was made up….I was going NATURAL!!! I tried every style that you could think of, and I educated myself on natural hair.
My initial goal was to transition for 2 years, but I was fed up with looking at those raggedy permed ends. I became more concerned with the health of my hair rather than the length, so SNIP SNIP I went.
Had you always embraced your texture?
Unfortunately, I have not always embraced my texture. When I was younger, I hated my poofy, thick hair. I would abuse the pressing comb and flat iron. I allowed a “friend” to talk me into getting a relaxer at 19. The poofy, thick hair that I once had was now thin, weak, and breaking. I was fed up with the creamy crack and decided to stay away from both relaxers and flat irons.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
For the most part, my family was supportive of me going natural. My husband loves that I’m natural, but he was SHOCKED when I chopped it off LOL. At the time, many women around me did not understand transitioning. I was told to just BC, but I knew that was not an option for me.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is thick, highly porous, and 3c/4a.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I did was chopped my hair. It was bold and the shortest my hair had ever been.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest hair regret is not accepting my natural hair growing up.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair weekly. My wash day is cray cray, but it works for me. I pre-poo with conditioner, detangle, section, and then I proceed to wash my hair. I shampoo my hair with Shea moisture curl & shine shampoo. Once I’m done shampooing my hair, I use Aussie moist 3 minute miracle deep conditioner. I dry my hair with a t-shirt and began to style my hair. I usually wear styles that will last for a week until it’s time for wash day again.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
It’s hard to choose just one. Lately my favorite hair style has been flat twist outs. I enjoy the definition that I get from the style, and I love how big it gets after a few days. I get inspiration from social media and YouTube.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is Mahogany Curls. I absolutely LOVE her hair!
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I wear a satin bonnet nightly. It depends on the style my hair is in. I may pineapple my hair or rebraid my hair nightly to preserve a style.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I believe consistency is key. Do what works for you and your hair. I’m able to maintain a healthy length because I pay attention to what my hair needs. *Moisture *Low maintenance styles *Clip ends *Minimum heat
The best thing about being natural is the versatility. I can be creative with my hair and try many looks.
Where can folks find you on the web?
YouTube: Andreona McLaurin